University of Michigan, Flint (English)
Eastern Michigan University (Master's)
I just resigned from my teaching job at Davison Community Schools where I taught high school and then middle school students for 28 years. I also coached boys and girls basketball for 26 years and girls softball for three years. I've often worked with my athletes who were struggling to remain eligible, and I've had frequent homebound students that I've tutored in the past few years. I love to read and write, so sharing my enthusiasm for it is something easy and enjoyable for me. Grammar, punctuation, and other writing conventions have always made perfect sense to me and have always been something I've enjoyed teaching as well.
I'm a professional writer, having published five novels. It took a couple of layoffs in my early years of teaching to help me realize that I loved teaching, but the novel writing has helped me to grow as a reader and writer both. I believe my writing experiences over the past six years have helped me be a better, more confident teacher as well. I'm also a professional editor. I edit novels for other writers, and that has helped me to learn more about literature and writing as well.
As a high school student, I got A's in every English class, including the many electives I took. In college, I was an English major, and I did just as well. I received a creative writing award in high school and was asked to tutor an independent study class in college that I was taking. I've taught English for 29 years, including classes like Composition and Creative Writing. I've very good with language skills. I know the parts of speech well and the grammar and punctuation rules that relate to the building blocks of our language. I understand how to write creatively and with good variety because I have a great grasp for language skills. I've been a lifelong reader who understands the elements of literature well, but who also understands how to read actively and how to interact with the text. Reading should be an interactive and enjoyable experience. Writing novels and editing novels has only enhanced my understanding of the language and of reading.
I've found working with students and athletes over the years to be very rewarding. I'd hope that it would be rewarding for students too when they start to grasp the language or start to read with better comprehension and enjoyment, but I can only speak for myself when I say it's rewarding to see students learn and get excited about it. I'm very easy-going and I really enjoy teaching young people. If you're interested in improving your reading, writing, and language skills, I would appreciate the opportunity to work with you. I just resigned from my teaching job at Davison Community Schools where I taught high school and then middle school students for 28 years. I also coached boys and girls basketball for 26 years and girls softball for three years. I've often worked with my athletes who were struggling to remain eligible, and I've had frequent homebound students that
I'm willing to discuss reduced rates for more than one student at a time or multiple hour sessions.
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